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Why You Should Probably Unlink Your Phone Number From Your Facebook, Stat

Do you currently have your phone number linked to your Facebook account? It’s for extra security, right? Or maybe to give you a recovery option if …

Facebook

Facebook revenue soars as mobile advertising sales boom

Facebook shares hit an all-time high on Thursday night, after it said it enjoyed a 45pc surge in revenue in its recently-ended quarter thanks to continued dominance in the mobile video advertising market.<p>The company's stock closed up 0.2pc on Thursday, but rose 4.5pc in after-hours trading to …

Advertising

The 5 Top Ways Employees Waste Time During the Day

...and why you shouldn't even care<p>According to a new survey released by staffing firm OfficeTeam, your employees are wasting up to one full day a week doing things that are not related to their jobs. Should this concern you? No, it shouldn't.<p>The survey, which polled more than 300 U.S. workers and …

Employment

Employees offered RFID chip implants... it's voluntary, for now

Employees of Three Square Market, a vending machine technology company in River Falls, Wisconsin, won't have to worry about forgetting their employee ID cards at home anymore. Starting next month, a voluntary program will offer company employees the chance to get an RFID chip implanted in their …

RFID

How to fix the iPhone No Service error while roaming

If you’ve ever traveled to a foreign country with your iPhone or iPad, you may have come across the dreaded No Service error. This happens when you get off the plane and switch on your iPhone. But instead of connecting to a cellular network, your iPhone just spins its wheels and refuses to …

iOS

How to remove location data from photos you share

When you share a photo via email, iMessage or most other apps, you also send the location of that image. No big deal, right? You’re only sending pictures to people you know anyway. But what about when you sell something on a site like Craigslist or eBay? If you don’t manually remove location data …

iOS

Your next home phone may be an Amazon Echo or Google Home

Amazon and Google are reportedly looking to bring speakerphone functionality to their smart speakers.<p>Smart, cloud-connected speakers like the Amazon Echo and the Google Home are finding their way into more and more living spaces. Now, the Wall Street Journal has reported that Amazon and Google are …

Automation

LinkedIn Lite launches as an Android app in India, coming to 60+ countries soon

LinkedIn, the social network for the working world with more than 500 million members that is now owned by Microsoft, is today taking its next step in its bid to court more users in emerging markets. The company has released an Android app for LinkedIn Lite, a pared-down version of its original …

Mobile Web

Google’s right to be forgotten appeal heading to Europe’s top court

Europe’s ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling, which allows private citizens in the region to make requests that search engines delist incorrect, irrelevant or out of date information returned by an online search for their full name, is set to return to the region’s top court to settle an ongoing dispute …

Privacy

Revolut launches personal Euro accounts with your own IBAN

Fintech startup Revolut just raised $66 million and is already launching new features. Starting today, you can generate your own IBAN for Euro transactions. This way, you can receive your salary directly on your Revolut account for instance.<p>While you could already top up your Revolut account with a …

Banking

N26 launches business bank accounts for freelancers

If you’re a freelancer or self-employed person, you can now open a dedicated business account with N26 in just a few minutes. These business accounts are pretty similar to the consumer accounts with one additional feature — you get 0.1 percent cashback on all your card purchases.<p>Business accounts …

Apple's Glucose Surprise Proves the Company Isn't Done Innovating

Sometimes Apple's secrecy can frustrate shareholders. Here is a peek at a project that could create a whole new line of business for the company and …

The smartphone is eventually going to die, and Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook are racing to kill it

These are the quiet times.<p>From April to June, tech's biggest companies all held their annual mega-events, laying out their grand visions for the next 12 months or so.<p>Facebook kicked it off in late April with its F8 conference, followed by Microsoft Build, then the Google I/O conference, and Apple's …

Augmented Reality

DJI Spark review

Ups the ante on selfie drones<p><b>The Good</b> The DJI Spark delivers a tiny, lightweight design; excellent mechanically stabilized camera; USB charging and advanced features like gesture controls and obstacle detection. It travels well and is great for aerial photos and video.<p><b>The Bad</b> The Gesture mode …

Gear & Gadgets

A new wave of gadgets is setting out to secure your smart home

But it's not your fault you have to worry about it in the first place<p>October 21, 2016, was a rough day on the internet. Dyn, a company that provides domain-name services, was hit by a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS). Perhaps you tried to visit sites like Twitter or Reddit and found that …

Cybersecurity

Ring Video Doorbell 2 review

Ring's latest battery-powered buzzer is oh-so easy to charge<p><b>The Good</b> The Ring Video Doorbell 2's removable lithium ion battery makes it easy to install -- and even easier to charge. It works with Alexa via the Amazon Echo Show.<p><b>The Bad</b> You have to sign up for Ring's optional fee-based cloud storage …

Smart Homes

Facebook now has 2 billion monthly users… and responsibility

“We’re getting to a size where it’s worth really taking a careful look at what are all the things that we can do to make social media the most positive force for good possible,” Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox told TechCrunch about the company’s new milestone. Thirteen years after …

Facebook

7 apps that are quietly killing your data plan

Now Playing: Watch this: Your social apps are crushing your data plan<p>1:20<p>Curtailing your phone use as you near your data cap at the end of each month is no way to live. A better way is to stop data-hungry apps from using too much data in the first place.<p>The apps that use the most data typically are …

iOS

The e-Mosquito bites you to monitor glucose levels

Researchers at the University of Calgary have released the latest version of their “Wearable Microsystem for Minimally Invasive, Pseudo-Continuous Blood Glucose Monitoring,” a watch-like wearable that “bites” you every few hours to draw blood and test your glucose levels.<p>The system uses a shape …

Stop Google from tracking you on Google Maps

Learn how to disable Location History for your Google account and also how to delete some or all of your whereabouts from Your Timeline.<p>Google Maps is rolling out a new feature to Android and desktop users called Your Timeline. With it, you can see all the places you've been. Google is quick to …

Google

How to choose the right smartwatch for you

Your wrist deserves the best.<p>When choosing a smartphone, you'll find lots of models to compare and contrast—at least you know whatever handset you pick will be able to perform the same standard tasks, such as making calls, sending texts, and running your favorite apps. When it comes to …

Wearable Tech

Get to Google page 1 without SEO expertise

It doesn’t matter how good your blog or website is, if no one sees it then what’s the point? Unfortunately <b>the internet isn’t a meritocracy</b>; you don’t get traffic to your website by being innovative or hilarious with your content. You get it by playing the SEO game. <b>Webtextool</b> is the <b>hack for that …

SEO

The secret origin story of the iPhone

An exclusive excerpt from The One Device<p><i>This month marks 10 years since Apple launched the first iPhone, a device that would fundamentally transform how we interact with technology, culture, and each other. Ahead of that anniversary,</i> Motherboard <i>editor Brian Merchant embarked on an investigation to</i> …

Apple

Will These Flexible Skin Patches Replace Wires in Hospitals?

Researchers at Northwestern University have developed "epidermal electronics," thin flexible patches capable of monitoring vital signs and more.

Engineering

WhatsApp update brings albums, camera filters, and reply shortcuts

WhatsApp has received a small update that brings in albums, camera filters, and a quick reply feature to the messaging application.<p>Whenever you send or receive four or more photos or videos in WhatsApp, the latest update will automatically group them together as an album. You’ll then be able to tap …

Apps

The new iPad Pro gets you closer to ditching your laptop

The latest iPad Pro is closer to a laptop thanks to its stepped-up hardware and software -- but its keyboard stays the same.<p>I held the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro in my hands, and thought, this is better. Not massively different, but better.<p>Apple's yearly developer conference was surprisingly full of …

Tablets

DJI Spark review

DJI’s Spark is, hands down, one of the best compact drones you can buy.<p>DJI’s Spark is, hands down, one of the best compact drones you can buy.<p>DJI’s …

Drones

India Just Committed to Selling Only Electric Cars by 2030

The tides are changing.<p>It's been a particularly glum couple of days for climate scientists, with President Donald Trump withdrawing US support for …